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PlaceNet: Disrupt, Celebrating Innovation in Work-Based Learning

Mercure, The Grand Hotel, Leicester, 15-16 May 2019, 10am-4pm

The PlaceNet Annual Conference 2019 will be celebrating the best in new and alternative ways of looking at placements.

This year we will be meeting the teams and individuals who have spotted opportunities to build something different, something unconventional, true innovations at the forefront of delivering placements; the Placement Disruptors.

This conference will leap into the future world of work and back again. There will be keynotes, workshops and lots of networking opportunities to help you meet other placement professionals.

Sponsorship opportunities are available. If you or your organisation are interested in getting your message out to placement professionals from across the UK, email

Day 1 - May 15th - 9.00am - 4.30pm (networking dinner from 7.00pm)

“UAL Talent Works: Pro-bono Placements for our Community” - Matt Guy, Partnerships Manager, Business and Innovation, University of the Arts London

“How to build businesses at your institution for placement students” - Professor Elizabeth Smart, Head of Law and Director of SHU Law Ltd , Sheffield Hallam University

“Leading with Humour” Using Comedy Improvisation techniques to help get your students to stand-up - Sarah Rourke, Careers Consultant Henley Careers, Henley Business School

“How influencing theory can be applied to the employability agenda” Mike Grey, Head of University Partnerships, Gradconsult

“Placements and Careers - A European perspective” Tony Somers, Director of Employer Engagement, HEC Paris

Day 2 - May 16th - 9.30am - 4.30pm

“The disruptive nature of when the more things change, the more they stay the same. Looking back on the last 20 years of graduate and placement recruitment” - Tristram Hooley, Chief Research Officer, Institute of Student Employers

• "Entrepreneurial Employers" -  Panel discussion featuring startups discussing their recruitment challenges, intern expectations and how Universities can help them succeed – Gina Dorodvand Onaria Technolgies and Elena Sokolova - Tryatec

“The fight against unpaid internships” - Oliver Sidwell, Director, RMP Enterprise

Booking Now Closed.

PlaceNet Annual Conference 2019 is proudly sponsored by:

Past Events:


LONDON: 2018

Building the Graduate of the Future

16th and 17th May, The Grosvenor Hotel, Victoria


"I enjoyed the positive camaraderie and atmosphere between all the delegates" Durham University

"I've always enjoy the conference and found it really useful" University of Warwick

"What did I loved most about the conference was meeting like minded people who love placements!" Oxford Brookes